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Pioneering: A passion for inventing
Amazon's evolution from online bookstore to device manufacturer, publishing service, global marketplace, fulfilment network and cloud computing provider is driven by our passion for pioneering and inventing on customers' behalf. The world's best inventors come to Amazon to build new technologies and services that improve the lives of customers: consumers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world. Read more
Innovation
We're a company of builders. Of pioneers. It's our job to make bold bets, and we get our energy from inventing on behalf of customers. Here are just some of the innovations pioneered by Amazon, and we're always looking for the next one.

Innovation

Technology at work

Over the past 20 years, Amazon has developed from a small seller working from a garage in Seattle, to a global company with 300 million worldwide active customer accounts. In Europe alone, we have a thriving network of 40 fulfilment centers in seven countries. In 2015, we shipped over one billion units to our many customers across Europe.

Small British businesses use Alexa to innovate

Laundrapp, a dry cleaning business in London, uses Alexa to innovate in a 150-year-old industry.

Our new head office cements our long-term commitment to the UK

Our new head office is part of Amazon’s long-term commitment to the UK, having invested £6.4 billion here since 2010.

Our mission

We aim to be Earth’s most customer centric company.

Innovation

Global innovation at the heart of Europe

Europe is an important component of Amazon’s innovation story and global success. That’s why we continue to invest heavily in research and development, with teams in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and Ireland working on cutting-edge technology to help innovate on behalf of customers.

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Amazon Business

Amazon Business is a marketplace of more than one hundred million B2B products on Amazon.co.uk, combined with a set of unique features designed to serve the procurement needs of businesses of every size. Purchasing online for businesses has never been easier – it’s everything customers know and love about Amazon, but for business.

Innovation

Machine Learning: Using Algorithms to Sort Fruit

At Amazon, we’ve been engaged in the practical application of machine learning for many years now. Some of this work is highly visible, but much of what we do with machine learning happens beneath the surface – quietly but meaningfully improving our core operations.

“Alexa quite literally saved my life!”

Alexa enabled devices have become a convenient addition to many households— and in some cases, Alexa is helping our customers when they need it most.

Amazon’s new programmes give returned and unsold inventory new life

FBA Liquidations and FBA Grade and Resell programmes are the next steps for Amazon in helping to build a circular economy

Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize winning teams share their tech-for-good solutions

Students aged 11 to 16 have designed, developed and built tech-for-good prototypes – from a real-time sign language translator to an insect-powered plastic digester.
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